Vintage Overview: French sailor trousers

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Continuing from where I stopped on my previous post: time to talk about my second pair of sailor trousers, the French one.

French sailor trousers (after adjustments)

French sailor trousers - turned into a skirt

The fit: Originally a generous straight leg, but not enough for me to call them wide leg trousers.

I unpicked the inseam since I was in that mood, tried it on and realised it could also work as a skirt. But I decided to keep them as trousers and added a triangular panel between the legs so i could have the wide legs I wanted.

You can barely see the natural curve of my tummy (that's called being a woman), so this would be a good style for someone who's self-conscious of that part of their body.

The Front facing with the buttons is where my natural waist line is, the waistband goes above my waist 5.5 cm on the Front, 4.5 cm on the Back.

French sailor trousers - open (w/ suggested alteration)

The pattern: No side seam like the Italian sailor trousers, with the waistband part forming almost a square on the Front, whereas the facing goes upward from where the side seam would be.

The area highlighted in red shows how much I added in the inseam to achieve a wide leg silhouette.

French sailor trousers - waist to hip

Construction details

French sailor trousers - facing/ pocket bagFrench sailor trousers - fastening

Detailed explanation of the pattern here.

Video tutorial on how to sew the bib opening on the Front here.

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